Does Unplugging to Recharge Really Work?

The modern world of technology can be overwhelming at times with information overload hitting you from every direction. So it’s no surprise that there’s a growing trend to unplug with the intention of being able to properly recharge.

In theory, this sounds like a no-brainer, however, not everyone agrees that unplugging is a good idea if you want to relax; suggesting instead that the worry about what might be happening or what you may be missing while you’re unplugged is counterproductive. Here we take a closer look at whether unplugging to recharge is worth the hype.

The Concept
Also known as a digital detox, unplugging to recharge is all about taking a much needed break from your devices and giving yourself a proper rest from the constant flow of information without the incessant interruptions that a network of devices can bring.

Without ongoing notifications and communications from work and the outside world, you will be free to really engage in the moment and relax. However, in some cases, the anxiety of anticipating the phone to ring, ping, or chime, may prevent you from truly unwinding.


Does it Work?
Not everyone is a believer in the concept, and some critics go as far as to say that it can be counterproductive. Noting if all you do when you switch off your phone is worry about what you might be missing, you may as well just stay plugged in.

Those who eschew the notion of unplugging are, in general, successful business people who thrive on the buzz of being on the cutting edge of developments. They believe that the stress of being bombarded when they return, and the impact of being unavailable for key clients, instantly wipes out any benefits that may have been gained by unplugging completely.

Instead, they advocate “low voltage” connections during family holidays and personal time. This means still checking e-mails and answering those which are critical, thereby removing the stress of worrying about what’s going on.

Pulling the Plug
Although there may be a flood of work waiting for you when you return, if you’re organized enough to delegate and communicate any upcoming absence, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be manageable. The benefits of being totally off-grid more than make up for catching up with work when you return.

Unplugging doesn’t have to be for extended periods to be beneficial. You could unplug for a family holiday or go off-grid to simply enjoy a night off to unwind. The benefits to your mental health and well-being cannot be overstated and will give you the chance to experience an uninterrupted connection with both your inner self and your loved ones.

The Overall Benefits
What critics don’t adequately factor in is the benefits of returning from your digital detox feeling recharged and ready to go. Having some space to relax and unwind doesn’t just help you personally, it also allows you to return to the workplace with a fresh mind and renewed enthusiasm; ultimately helping to boost your performance in the long run.

Whether you’re for or against a digital detox, the one thing everyone agrees on is that if you want it to work, you have to commit to being unplugged and relax during the experience. Allow the silence to wash over you and savor the peace. Only then will unplugging to recharge really give you the benefits you’re looking for.

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